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Trout in delayed-harvest waters better watch out; anglers can start keeping them on Saturday, June 6. Keeper season begins Saturday on delayed-harvest trout waters

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 31 trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on Saturday, June 6. 


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This 72-pound cobia was caught last May 14 off Hatteras from a kayak. Check out this video of a big cobia being caught from a kayak

This great video was posted online on May 15, 2014, by the guys at Salt Minded Charters in Hatteras. Enjoy watching this fisherman catch two cobia, one of them 72 pounds, from a kayak.


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Bass are just waiting to blast topwaters at Kerr Lake, and they’re swarming around High Rock boat docks. But don’t forget that Spanish mackerel and cobia are available at the Outer Banks this month.


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Bass are just waiting to blast topwaters at Kerr Lake, and they’re swarming around High Rock boat docks. But don’t forget that Spanish mackerel and cobia are available at the Outer Banks this month.


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Big amberjack like this one can put a real strain on even the heaviest of tackle,  in part because the fish are almost always caught around line-breaking structure. Just jackin’ around - Want to get your string stretched by a beast? Try an amberjack on for size.

On a hot and sticky morning, Capt. Jamie Rushing of Seagate Charters launched his 21-toot center console at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s public boat ramp at Wrightsville Beach and headed south toward Masonboro Inlet, getting out early to beat the crowd.

“You need to get there early or you may not have a parking space,” said Rushing.


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Guide Wayne Crisco shows off a inshore grand slam from the waters of Topsail Island: speckled trout, flounder and redfish. Topsail’s fishy triumvirate - Learn to run the tides for Topsail’s three big inshore targets

Topsail Island first achieved notoriety in the golden age of piracy, as a favored stomping ground for such nefarious scoundrels as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnett. In fact, treasure hunters have combed the island for years searching for the ill-gotten gains rumored to rest beneath a stone yet to be turned.   However, with little more to show than calluses, it’s sufficient to say that putting down shovels and picking up spinning rods to sample the Topsail triple would have time better spent.  


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Anglers out of Oregon Inlet catch a lot of cobia in June sight-fishing after spotting them while trolling for Spanish mackerel. Outer Banks’ June double play

Most fishermen along the North Carolina coast are familiar with cobia and Spanish mackerel, but few think of them as a combined fishery. 

Capt. Karl Helmkamp of Fistful Sportfishing in Manteo sees them that way, but not quite in the manner one might expect. He sees cobia as the primary target and Spanish mackerel as the secondary catch, rather than the other way around. 


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Veteran Morehead City captain loves to head to the bluewater in June for dolphin and wahoo. Dancin’ in the bluewater - June means “Fish on!” for bluewater anglers out of Morehead City

The deep, muffled throbbing of the twin 600-horsepower CAT diesels and the gentle rocking inside the cabin of the Dancin’ Outlaw III as it sped across a calm sea finally put to sleep six anglers.

They had arrived at 5:15 a.m. at the Morehead City Waterfront boat slip where Capt. Thomas Wood moored his 56-foot sportsfisherman.


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Brad Staley of Pleasant Garden, a confirmed shallow-water fishermen, has taken advantage of the change in High Rock Lake’s bass fishery from an offshore paradise to boat-dock heaven. Stack the dock at High Rock

High Rock Lake, once known for its offshore structure and the 20-pound stringers that came from its deep-water haunts, has changed dramatically as a largemouth bass fishery. Crankbait specialists no longer dominate tournaments. 


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Colt Bass prepares to release a striped bass back into Lake Hickory. Stalk Hickory’s stripers - Head for the upper end of Lake Hickory for some great late-spring striper action

Being 100 miles inland at the foot of the Appalachian mountains, mere yards from the Hickory Regional Airport, Lake Hickory might seem is an unlikely spot for trophy striped bass, but many anglers are finding this sliver of a lake to be a good bet for landing quality fish.


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Casey Ashley, the reigning Bassmasters Classic champion, loves to fish topwater baits on Kerr Lake in June, and his catches reflect that. June at Kerr: Hard to top

The year’s sixth month marks the beginning of a transitional period. Summer arrives on June 21, but there’s a lot of room for crossover, so anglers will do well to mind these margins and make the most of what a day offers.


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G-Force Eliminator G-Force Eliminator

The latest addition to the G-Force trolling motor accessory line is the Eliminator premium trolling motor nut. The Eliminator helps dampen trolling motor prop noise and vibrations, while helping dissipate heat. Made from strong 6061 aluminum and available in black, red, silver and blue, the Eliminator increases battery life and allows for a wider contact area for a more stable prop.


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